recording of The Riddle Ring
, by Justin McCarthy (1830–1912). Read by Ruth Golding
This romantic mystery - or mysterious romance - tells the tale of jilted lover, Jim Conrad, who discovers an unusual gold ring while on a visit to Paris. What is the story of the ring? Why is Clelia Vine so sad? Who is the nameless 'chief'? And how is a dour English barber in a Parisian salon mixed up in all this?
The novel, published in 1896, was written by Justin McCarthy, an Irish nationalist, Liberal historian, novelist and politician. (Introduction by Ruth Golding)
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July 13, 2014
why didn't Clelia just divorce Sir Francis?
re: You are most welcome Ruth. And I thank you for for forwarding another way to think of the personality of the character Clelia.
Wonderful reader is Ruth Golding. In 1857 divorce was made legal in the UK. . It would seem the best and correct solution would have been Clelia Vine divorcing Sir Francis Rose and then marrying the man she really loved Mr. Conrad. However even though the book was published in cira 1890's, perhaps author Justin McCarthy was writing of a period prior to 1857.
January 6, 2014
Thank you, and a thought
Thank you for the compliment, dahszil.
The way I saw it was that, although women could legally divorce by this time, Clelia was portrayed by the author as having the highest moral standards, and thus she would not consider breaking the solemn vow she had made when she married.